- a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc.
- either of two cylindrical metal towers placed forward on the forecastle of the main deck of a sailing ship, to house the port and starboard running lights.
Origin of lighthouse
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Examples from the Web for lighthouse
To the Lighthouse By Virgina Woolf The Ramsays are having a house party at the beach!Maggie Shipstead’s Book Bag: Five Beach Read Picks
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Her Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves contain some of the best writing in any age.Freud, Virginia Woolf & Other Great Writers In Their Own Voice
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But Haifa has always been a lighthouse of Jewish-Arab coexistence, and a model of inclusive civil society.Israel's Inferno
December 5, 2010
From these homes one can see the lighthouse, the jetty, some small islands, but nothing more.Dinner Under the Midnight Sun
June 26, 2010
He will take them into the lighthouse and up the spiral staircase to the top, which affords a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea.An Excerpt from Between the Assassinations
June 10, 2009
It was just time for the lamp in the lighthouse to be lit, and Hetty was watching for it.Hetty's Strange History
The third keeper of the lighthouse is a quadruped called Tricky.The Monkey That Would Not Kill
He became a member of the Lighthouse Board in 1852 and was the head after 1871.The Age of Invention
"He's assistant keeper over to the lighthouse," explained Primmie.
His first idea had been to visit the lighthouse, his next to walk to the village.
- a fixed structure in the form of a tower equipped with a light visible to mariners for warning them of obstructions, for marking harbour entrances, etc
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Word Origin and History for lighthouse
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